(Apprentice rider Jamie Torres makes new Kentucky home / Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:


 Apprentice jockey Jaime Torreshas found a new home on the Kentucky circuit with the help of his Hall of Fame agent Gary Stevens and the backing of fellow Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

          “It’s been a dream to come ride in Kentucky,” Torres said. “I’m pretty new to the sport. One day I was sitting at home Puerto Rico and saw racing on from Camarero and I fell in love. From that point on, I wanted to become a jockey.”

          Torres won his first race nearly one year ago at Gulfstream Park. The 24-year-old rider started galloping horses in Puerto Rico before moving to the U.S. and working for Saffie Joseph Jr.

          Torres, a five-pound apprentice rider, won his first race at Churchill Downs on Sept. 16 aboard Our Keepsake for Lukas.

          “Riding for Mr. Lukas is a blessing,” Torres said. “I’ve been very lucky to learn from so many talented people like Gary Stevens and Angel Cordero (Jr.), who was my agent in New York. They’ve all taught me so much about riding and life.”

          Even with Lukas being a main supporter of Torres, he is slated to ride for many top outfits over the next week including Mike Maker, Chris Hartman, Joe Sharp and Michael McCarthy.

XIGERA EARNS CAREER BEST 101 BRISNET SPEED FIGURE IN SENECA Rigney Racing’s Xigera earned a solid 101 Brisnet Speed Rating for her romping 6 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $175,000 Seneca Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs.

          Trained by Phil Bauer, Xigera was campaigned on turf in six of her prior eight starts. Her lone start on dirt before the Seneca was a fourth-place finish in last fall’s Alcibiades (GI) at Keeneland.

          “I still have goosebumps thinking about how dominant that performance was,” Bauer said. “I get that it wasn’t a Grade I but performances like that are why this sport is so rewarding. We’ll have a good time celebrating this one.”

          Xigera, a 3-year-old daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, boosted her overall record to 8-4-1-1 with $439,101 in purse earnings. Rigney and Bauer purchased Xigera for $190,000 at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.


MILESTONE WATCH: LANERIE NEEDS TWO WINS FOR 5,000-CAREER VICTORIES – Veteran rider Corey Lanerie was named on seven horses Sunday at Churchill Downs and needs just two victories to become the 38thjockey in North America to win 5,000 races.

          Here are the races Lanerie had entries: Race 1 (Forever Cool); Race 2 (Time to Meddle); Race 3 (Ready for Change); Race 4 (Azteca Star); Race 6 (Uno Mas Bourbon); Race 8 (Cobalamin); Race 9 (Ten Days Later)

FAMILY ADVENTURE DAY ON SUNDAY, OCT. 1 – Family Adventure Day is set for Sunday, Oct. 1 at The Grove, which is located just inside the Clubhouse and VIP Gates.

Families are encouraged to bring the kids to Churchill Downs for a day of racing and family activities including face painting; inflatables; a bubble station; music; an arts and craft station; and the Kona ice truck. Up to two children may attend for free per paying adult.

Oct. 1 also is closing day of the 14-day September Meet.

DOWN THE STRETCHBrad Cox’s team weren’t the only ones celebrating locally-based Saudi Crown’s victory in the Pennsylvania Derby (GI). Horsewoman Monnie Goetz, who famously owns and rides lead pony Harley, listened to the Pennsylvania Derby aboard her famous horse. Goetz has a close bond with Saudi Crown. The talented 3-year-old spent several months at her farm while rehabbing an injury. Goetz said Saudi Crown was one of her favorite horses that she ever spent time with while under her care. … Following dark days Monday-Tuesday, live racing will resume Wednesday at Churchill Downs with a first post of 12:45 p.m. For more information about Churchill Downs and the September Meet, visitwww.ChurchillDowns.com.